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recommendations if your godly parent is HERMES


Hoohoo guys!

Let’s see if I’ll keep this new recommendations series up! I love writing rec posts but I always abandon them. Cross your fingers that I’ll manage to write more than two.

That said: it’s a new rec post series! Of godly parents from the Riordanverse and especially Percy Jackson & Heroes of Olympus. First up is Hermes, mostly because he’s my godly parent and I wanted to start with him. If you want to see a certain deity for the next post, make sure to tell me in the comments 🙂

Hermes is the Greek god of travelling & roads, thieves and sports, of messaging and trade. He is a messenger between the gods and helps bringing the souls of the dead into the Underworld.In Camp Half-Blood his cabin bears the number 11.

So let’s go see what books I find that I connect with him and that children of Hermes would like!

Daughter of the Burning CityDaughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

Sixteen-year-old Sorina has spent most of her life within the smoldering borders of the Gomorrah Festival. Yet even among the many unusual members of the traveling circus-city, Sorina stands apart as the only illusion-worker born in hundreds of years. This rare talent allows her to create illusions that others can see, feel and touch, with personalities all their own. Her creations are her family, and together they make up the cast of the Festival’s Freak Show.
But no matter how lifelike they may seem, her illusions are still just that—illusions, and not truly real. Or so she always believed…until one of them is murdered.
Desperate to protect her family, Sorina must track down the culprit and determine how they killed a person who doesn’t actually exist. Her search for answers leads her to the self-proclaimed gossip-worker Luca, and their investigation sends them through a haze of political turmoil and forbidden romance, and into the most sinister corners of the Festival. But as the killer continues murdering Sorina’s illusions one by one, she must unravel the horrifying truth before all of her loved ones disappear. (goodreads)

Why do I recommend it?

There is a travelling city, Gomorrah, made up of magicians and shows, of assassins and thieves and performers. There is action and murder, family love and not everything and everyone seem is what they look like. It’s both political and very personal and I think it features many of Hermes’ attributes and it has a very special feeling to it.

These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong

The year is 1926, and Shanghai hums to the tune of debauchery.
A blood feud between two gangs runs the streets red, leaving the city helpless in the grip of chaos. At the heart of it all is eighteen-year-old Juliette Cai, a former flapper who has returned to assume her role as the proud heir of the Scarlet Gang-a network of criminals far above the law. Their only rivals in power are the White Flowers, who have fought the Scarlets for generations. And behind every move is their heir, Roma Montagov, Juliette’s first love…and first betrayal.
But when gangsters on both sides show signs of instability culminating in clawing their own throats out, the people start to whisper. Of a contagion, a madness. Of a monster in the shadows. As the deaths stack up, Juliette and Roma must set their guns-and grudges-aside and work together, for if they can’t stop this mayhem, then there will be no city left for either to rule. (goodreads)

Why do I recommend it?

Hermes is the god of trade and diplomacy and also a messenger. Both trade and diplomacy play a big role in These Violent Delights and so do messengers and the exchange of information between two rival gangs. Also it’s an enemie to lovers story and who doesn’t like one of those?

The Foxhole Court by Nora Sakavic

Neil Josten is the newest addition to the Palmetto State University Exy team. He’s short, he’s fast, he’s got a ton of potential—and he’s the runaway son of the murderous crime lord known as The Butcher.
Signing a contract with the PSU Foxes is the last thing a guy like Neil should do. The team is high profile and he doesn’t need sports crews broadcasting pictures of his face around the nation. His lies will hold up only so long under this kind of scrutiny and the truth will get him killed.
But Neil’s not the only one with secrets on the team. One of Neil’s new teammates is a friend from his old life, and Neil can’t walk away from him a second time. Neil has survived the last eight years by running. Maybe he’s finally found someone and something worth fighting for. (goodreads)

Why do I recommend it?

Let’s focus on the sports aspect of Hermes for a second. And the travelling part as well. Because both of these things are very important in The Foxhole Court, diplomacy becoming more and more important in the further books. This book is fucked up, its characters are fucked up but the story is also really addicting (like the drugs they take lol).

nocturnaNocturna by Maya Motayne

To Finn Voy, magic is two things: a knife to hold under the chin of anyone who crosses her…and a disguise she shrugs on as easily as others pull on cloaks.
As a talented faceshifter, it’s been years since Finn has seen her own face, and that’s exactly how she likes it. But when Finn gets caught by a powerful mobster, she’s forced into an impossible mission: steal a legendary treasure from Castallan’s royal palace or be stripped of her magic forever.
After the murder of his older brother, Prince Alfehr is first in line for the Castallan throne. But Alfie can’t help but feel that he will never live up to his brother’s legacy. Riddled with grief, Alfie is obsessed with finding a way to bring his brother back, even if it means dabbling in forbidden magic.
But when Finn and Alfie’s fates collide, they accidentally unlock a terrible, ancient power—which, if not contained, will devour the world. And with Castallan’s fate in their hands, Alfie and Finn must race to vanquish what they have unleashed, even if it means facing the deepest darkness in their pasts. (goodreads)

Why do I recommend it?

Ah, thievery, deception, acting without other people noticing. Acting as a bridge between two groups of people.

the city of brassThe City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly, she has power; on the streets of 18th century Cairo, she’s a con woman of unsurpassed talent. But she knows better than anyone that the trade she uses to get by—palm readings, zars, healings—are all tricks, sleights of hand, learned skills; a means to the delightful end of swindling Ottoman nobles.
But when Nahri accidentally summons an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior to her side during one of her cons, she’s forced to accept that the magical world she thought only existed in childhood stories is real. For the warrior tells her a new tale: across hot, windswept sands teeming with creatures of fire, and rivers where the mythical marid sleep; past ruins of once-magnificent human metropolises, and mountains where the circling hawks are not what they seem, lies Daevabad, the legendary city of brass?a city to which Nahri is irrevocably bound.
In that city, behind gilded brass walls laced with enchantments, behind the six gates of the six djinn tribes, old resentments are simmering. And when Nahri decides to enter this world, she learns that true power is fierce and brutal. That magic cannot shield her from the dangerous web of court politics. That even the cleverest of schemes can have deadly consequences.
After all, there is a reason they say be careful what you wish for . . . (goodreads)

Why do I recommend it?

This book has travelling, thievery and deception and a lot of diplomatic content. It’s political mixed with fantasy, full of action and I think it fits Hermes quite well.

red, white & royal blueRed, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz is the closest thing to a prince this side of the Atlantic. With his intrepid sister and the Veep’s genius granddaughter, they’re the White House Trio, a beautiful millennial marketing strategy for his mother, President Ellen Claremont. International socialite duties do have downsides—namely, when photos of a confrontation with his longtime nemesis Prince Henry at a royal wedding leak to the tabloids and threaten American/British relations.
The plan for damage control: staging a fake friendship between the First Son and the Prince. Alex is busy enough handling his mother’s bloodthirsty opponents and his own political ambitions without an uptight royal slowing him down. But beneath Henry’s Prince Charming veneer, there’s a soft-hearted eccentric with a dry sense of humor and more than one ghost haunting him.
As President Claremont kicks off her reelection bid, Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret relationship with Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations. And Henry throws everything into question for Alex, an impulsive, charming guy who thought he knew everything: What is worth the sacrifice? How do you do all the good you can do? And, most importantly, how will history remember you? (goodreads)

Why do I recommend it?

Um, with Hermes being the god of diplomacy, this is probably a one true fit for that category. It’s all to save the good relations of two countries that the story even starts. And there is also a lot of messaging back and forth 🙂

renegadesRenegades by Marissa Meyer

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies–humans with extraordinary abilities–who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone…except the villains they once overthrew.
Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice–and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both. (goodreads)

Why do I recommend it?

It has a lot of running, which is basically travelling, right? Then there are the thievery and diplomatic aspects that fit Hermes as well. This book is action packed and has a very soft friendship/romance paired with secrets and hidden identities.

And that’s it for today! Do you know these books? Do you think they fit Hermes? Which books would you recommend for children of Hermes?

Until next time,

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